Toyota Corolla (E80)

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Toyota Corolla (E80). 1983–7 (prod. 3,300,000 approx.). 4-door sedan, 5-door liftback sedan, 3- and 5-door hatchback sedan, 2- and 3-door coupé. F/F, F/R, F/A, 1295, 1587 cm³ petrol, 1839 cm³ diesel (I4 OHC), 1587 cm³ (I4 DOHC). Toyota may have been late compared with Nissan, Ford, Mazda and Honda in joining the front-wheel-drive bandwagon, but when the E80 Corolla was launched, it blew a lot of the competition away. Highly competent range dynamically and models even had character; relative to the competition, probably the best Corolla ever. Comprehensive range but station wagon and vans carried over from E70 and Levin (AE86) coupé and liftback still on old rear-wheel-drive platform. Sixteen-valve engines for AE86s, developing 92 kW; AE86s developed a legendary status in Japan, considered a classic to this day. Pop-up headlamps for some coupés. Styling completely contemporary with exception of van and wagon, which had an E80-style nose grafted on. Handsome liftback, named Corolla Seca in Australia, where E80 production commenced 1985. Kammback three- and five-door models part of Corolla range in most countries though considered separately in Japan, US and Canada as Corolla FX, Corolla Compact in Europe. New Zealand FXes had regular Corolla nose; other markets tended to have Japanese one. First Toyota Corolla to top New Zealand sales’ charts, thanks to marketing blitz with That’s Incredible’s John Davison.


Manufacturing locations: Toyota City, Japan; Fremont, California, USA; Santa Rosa, Laguna, Philippines; Durban, South Africa; Port Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Marque: Toyota | Model: Toyota Corolla | Predecessor: Toyota Corolla (E70) | Successor: Toyota Corolla (E90)